Buildings for Okonimiyaki restaurants

Okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima
Okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima
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Making Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
Making Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
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When you visit Hiroshima, you should eat Okonomiyaki once at least.

Okonomiyaki is like pancake, and is one of the popular foods in Japan.
Hiroshima and Osaka are the famous city.

Okonomiyaki in Osaka is called "Kansai-style", and it is the standard style of Okonomiyaki.

But Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki is unique.

The most distinctive feature is to mix noodles into the pancake.

And much more vegetables than Kansai-style are used, and the making requires a certain amount of skill.

So Hiroshima-style Okomimiyaki should be eaten in the restaurant rather than in the home.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
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Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki including noodle
Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki including noodle
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There are more than 1,000 restaurants of Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima city.
Of course, all of them have only Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki.

Most restaurants are small, and many of them have the seats within a dozen.

We take a seat in front of the hot plate.
The cook makes the Okonomiyaki on the hot plate, and we eat it there.

There are two buildings with many Okonomiyaki restaurants at Shintenchi district located about 1 km east of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

One is "Okonomi-mura" and another is "Hiroshima-mura".
Both buildings are in the same block.

Building of Okonomi-mura
Building of Okonomi-mura
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Building of Hiroshima-mura
Building of Hiroshima-mura
Photo : Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Federation

Okonomi-mura (お好み村) has about 24 restaurants on the three floors in the building.

Originally, there were about 50 Okonomiyaki stalls in the area.
Around 1965, they were forcibly ordered to move out of their stalls for the renovation of the city, then some of the stalls entered into this building.

So, current restaurants are like stalls in the building.

Hiroshima-mura (ひろしま村) has 6 restaurants on two floors in the building just near Okonomi-mura.
It is officially called "Okonomi-kyowakoku Hiroshima-mura", and "kyowakoku" means "Republic of Okonomiyaki".

This building was opened in 2001.
All restaurants use the sauce of Otafuku Sauce Company which is a popular company in Hiroshima.

Okonimi-mura Hiroshima-mura

Ekimae-hiroba
Ekimae-hiroba
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A restaurant in Ekimae-hiroba
A restaurant in Ekimae-hiroba
Photo : Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Federation

There is Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari, Ekimae-Hiroba (ひろしまお好み物語 駅前ひろば) in a building in front of Hiroshima station.

It was opened in 2011, and has about 15 restaurants.

Ekimae-hiroba

How to get here

To Okonomi-mura, Hiroshima-mura:
By street car with route No. 1, 2 or 6, about 12 minutes from Hiroshima station to Hatchobori stop.
From Genbaku Dome, about 3 minutes walk.

To Ekimae-hiroba: From the south exit of Hiroshima station, 3 minutes walk.

Hotels around Hatchobori station

Hotels around Hatchobori station

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